Patty Sawyer, who specializes in fiber art and quilting, is one of several new artists at Gallery 302 in Bridgton. Submitted photo

Patty Sawyer, who specializes in fiber art and quilting, is one of several new artists at Gallery 302 in Bridgton.

Sawyer first started quilting as her hobby in the mid 80s. In 2006, she began a professional career mastering her skills with long arming, lecturing, instructing and quilt judging. She has won numerous awards for her work and delights in sharing her abundant knowledge, shortcuts, tips and tools. Her work has been inspired by her love of color, her natural surroundings and creative play.

She says, “The fabric of everyday life inspires me and serves as my art medium of choice. My truest passion lies in the patchwork process of quilting. Fabric (whether commercially printed, hand-dyed, or stamped) helps me understand and incorporate my love for community, cultures and traditions. I am especially moved by the stories, emotions and milestones that are presented and celebrated within these fibers and threads, bound and tightly woven together for the legacy of past and future generations. I want my quilting to convey a lifestyle of comfort, healing and artistic expression cherished by those who feel connected through the stories they hold. I also appreciate the organic nature and tactile properties of fabric and similar textiles. I often experiment with the use of a combination of other mediums on fabric as well.”

Sawyer teaches at her lakeside home in Sebago while continuing to teach, lecture and judge quilts throughout the country. She was recently elected to the Board of the Vermont Quilt Festival serving as Education Chair and maintains memberships in several other major quilt industry organizations. Although she keeps busy traveling to shows and guilds, she admits, creating wonderful art at home with so many other talented creative retreaters is her real passion and her dream job come true.

Her work may be seen at Gallery 302 located at 112 Main St., Bridgton. For more information, call 207-647-2787 or visit

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